Talmage Pond is a 3 acre water body located to the North of Route 142 in Branford. It is bordered to the east by land owned by the Branford Land Conservation Trust. Residential development occurs along the western and southern shores. The western shore also has rock outcrops. No pollution sources were evident. Talmadge Pond is very shallow with the deepest section near 3 feet.
Most of the pond is covered with emersed vegetation making navigation even by canoe a challenge. Most of this coverage is Brasenia schreberi with significant populations of Nymphaea odorata (white and pink flower) and Nuphar variegata. Submersed species covering the bottom were Ceratophyllum demersum, Potamogeton pusillus, and Utricularia gibba. Sparse Lemna minor was also present. Shoreline residents have complained about the copious vegetation, and discussions are in progress about management options. Hand removal has been is the only known control method used.
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Species recorded in our 2006 survey of Talmage Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (Invasive species in bold)